Re: NGD! 540r
I punched the serial number into "the guitar dater project" and here's what came up;
Your guitar was made at the
Terada Plant, Japan
Production Number: 70
The Terada Musical Instrument Co., Ltd.
The Terada Musical Instrument Co., Ltd. was established in 1912, at the beginning Terada was making Violins for Toy purposes, after World War II, around 1955 Terada started to make in earnest ‘Strings Instruments’. In the 1970’s they had three plants near Nagoya area and produced more than 10,000 guitars per month for Domestic market and also for Overseas market, but now 1/8 that amount today. The Terada factory is now building hollow and semi-hollow body guitars for Epiphone as well as their own 'Thumb' brand guitars. At one point made Tobias bases prior to Tobias being sold to Gibson.
I don't know how much you paid for it, but IMHO, this one is very special. It is a Jewel Blue so the model is a R540JB. I have one exactly like it except it has a lo-pro and is an '89. I would be interested in other views, but in my opinion the trem should be parellel to the body.